Penn Vet's Shelter Program Partners with PSPCA

Students to gain first-hand experience in shelter-animal medicine.

Posted: Jan. 22, 2009, 3 a.m. EST

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The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have teamed up through Penn Vet’s Shelter Animal Medicine Program to help eliminate pet overpopulation.

“I am delighted to announce the continuation of our Shelter Animal Medicine Program in cooperation with the Pennsylvania SPCA,” said David Holt, BVSc, chief of small animal surgery at Penn Vet’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital.

“We have worked with the PSPCA in the past, and we are both committed to high-quality patient care as well as to strengthening the relationship between people, animals and society. Together we will provide a unique opportunity for our students to receive first-hand experience in Shelter Animal Medicine and the issues surrounding pet overpopulation.”

Penn launched the shelter program in 2006, in which senior veterinary students participate in surgery rotation. The partnership with PSPCA will ensure that students also experience other shelter issues and topics, including homeless-animal management, the role of the veterinarian in an animal shelter, pet-animal overpopulation, forensic medicine, infectious disease control, behavior problems and evaluations, wellness and animal cruelty, neglect and hoarding.


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Helen    Philadelphia, PA

1/28/2009 3:53:02 PM

January 29, 2009

Penn Vet offically withdrew from this partnership with the PSPCA this morning due to differences with the PSPCA CEO Howard Nelson and PSPCA board president Harrise Yaron. Way to go Howard - need any more gasoline to burn those bridges any faster? And Harrise, shame on you for meddling in veterinary matters.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

1/22/2009 5:07:59 AM

This is a fantastic idea. I think all new to be vets will benefit from this.

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